There’s no doubt that the latest-generation Honda NSX is incredibly fast. It’s so fast in fact that it can outsprint a Lamborghini Aventador in a straight line. But is it a fitting successor to the original NSX?
Some would say yes, others would say no. In our eyes, the new NSX should have pushed the sports car industry forward like the original did some 26 years ago. Unfortunately, it hasn’t done that, despite its extensive use of the latest drivetrain technologies including three electric motors and a nine-speed transmission.
If given the chance, we’d opt for an original NSX, one similar to this example recently driven by Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire.
Created by Clarion Builds, it is based around a 1991 NSX but has been totally overhauled. That means it is now powered by the 3.2 VTEC V6 engine from the 2004 NSX and has been supercharged, resulting in 403 hp at 7,700 rpm and 296 lb-ft of torque at 5,100 rpm. It also includes a six-speed manual transmission, upgraded sway bars, better brakes and some extensive interior and exterior upgrades.
Although it suffers a few mechanical issues in Farah’s review, it just looks and sounds too good to ignore. We want one.